45 Benefits of Meditation

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Quiet Your Mind. Ignite Your Soul.

Quiet Your Mind. Ignite Your Soul.

Ok ok…I’m sure by now you have read about meditation in a number of places.

But is meditation really for you and WHY should you even sit down and shut up?

Let me explain…

Meditation has been used for centuries as a method for relaxation, improving health, and finding mental clarity.  With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that it is used in cultures all over the world.

It’s hard to believe that something that looks so much like sitting around doing nothing is really doing quite a lot for your mind, body, and spirit.  However, it has been found that as little as ten minutes of meditation a day can bring about significant positive changes.

Here are 45 reasons why you need to start meditating …


  1. Allows for healthier flow of oxygen to the brain, which means clearer thinking and better reasoning skills.
  2. Better blood flow to the muscles also helps with physical stamina so you are able to exercise more easily and for longer periods.
  3. The controlled breathing of meditation translates into slower respiration and a decrease in asthma attacks and other breathing issues.
  4. Deepens religious/spiritual devotion and understanding.
  5. Meditation actually relaxes the nervous system, leading to a decrease in multiple stress-induced reactions.
  6. It also lowers your heart rate to a healthier level.
  7. The act of meditating, as well as the meditative exercises themselves, creates a more self-actualized individual.
  8. Doesn’t have negative physical side effects, as do anti-anxiety medications.
  9. Develops emotional maturity as one learns to be calm in the face of drama.
  10. Increases the release of serotonin in the brain, a chemical that improves mood and makes one feel good naturally.
  11. Helps prevent panic attacks in those who suffer from anxiety disorders.
  12. Meditation can be used to improve memory and the ability to learn new things.
  13. Those who meditate are able to see the big picture in order to solve complex problems.
  14. The relaxing effects of meditation lead to less aggressive behavior in individuals.
  15. Helps with the process required to break bad habits and addictions such as smoking, drinking, and using drugs.
  16. Slows down the racing thoughts that often keep people distracted and awake at night.  In general, those who meditate find that they fall asleep easily.
  17. Helps to normalize blood pressure.
  18. Meditative exercises lead to a higher level of attention and empathy throughout the day.
  19. Offers an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of oneself.
  20. Improves physical and mental reaction time during stressful situations.
  21. Can be a solitary act that requires no outside influence, including money.
  22. Allows an individual to feel a sense of connection to everything and everyone, increasing the personal capacity for love and acceptance.
  23. Through meditation, one is able to develop aspects of his or her character, such as will power and inner strength.
  24. Increases patience in those who practice, as they are less agitated and are even able to engage in meditation at times (like waiting in lines) when others would become annoyed.
  25. Keeps mental faculties sharp and slows down the effects of age on the brain.
  26. Meditators shift brain activity to less stress-prone areas of the brain, decreasing the negative effects of mild stress, depression, and anxiety.
  27. Ability to release negative emotions, rather than allowing them to become one’s focus.
  28. An improvement in physical posture results from holding one’s body appropriately, practicing breathing, and even from an increased sense of self confidence.
  29. The physical benefits of meditation include a decrease in physical pain, especially for chronic pain sufferers.
  30. Brings an opportunity to simplify one’s life, whether it means quieting some inner turmoil or recognizing the need for less material goods.
  31. It is common for those who meditate to discover a significant increase in their energy levels.
  32. Lessens the severity of physical and emotional symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome and other stress factors.
  33. Helps increase the overall amount lost during one’s weight-loss program due to a lowering of cortisol, as well as other factors.
  34. Those who meditate regularly benefit from lower levels of heart disease.
  35. Restores the body to a calm state once the flight or fight reflex has been triggered by an environmental stressor.
  36. Boosts an individual’s immune system to help ward off physical ailments and diseases.
  37. Increases creative output as the left and right hemispheres of the brain communicate more effectively and the mind is filled with less clutter and better able to focus in new directions.
  38. Can be used in conjunction with other forms of medicine or therapy to enhance physical and mental outcomes.
  39. Breathing is slowed for more efficient use of oxygen and a decreased waste of energy.
  40. Improves one’s ability to “live in the present” rather than always fretting over future desires or past regrets.
  41. Improves the ability to recognize one’s own thoughts and thought patterns, thereby allowing for self-reflection, acknowledgement, and even change.
  42. Removes obstacles preventing individuals from succeeding, specifically by making them clear to the individual so he or she can make appropriate changes on the path to success.
  43. Strengthens the digestive system for improved overall health and wellness of the body.
  44. Decreases tension within the muscles of the body, resulting not only in better relaxation, but also a lower likelihood of sustaining an injury.
  45. Hand-eye coordination increases within individuals who practice meditation.

“What’s encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we’re closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.”
– Pema Chodron-

In 2003, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School conducted a research study regarding the effects of meditation on highly-stressed employees at a high-tech company.  The resulting brain scans showed that those employees who had been taught to meditate experienced a transfer in their brain activity into the joy and happiness center in the left frontal lobe of the brain.

Studies like this one are getting more and more companies, as well as individuals, thinking about the benefits of meditation and what the practice could mean for them.  From increased productivity and job satisfaction to better relationships among employees, there are some real reasons to consider meditation in the workplace.

Of course, all of these benefits can be extended to everyday life, too, so considering meditation just for job purposes is too narrow of a focus.  Instead, think of how you could gain physically, emotionally, and spiritually by incorporating a few minutes of this deep relaxation into your daily schedule.

Thousands of years’ worth of evidence shows pretty conclusively that those who practice meditation are both happier and healthier overall.  Not bad for something that requires no money, no equipment, and only a few minutes a day.

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Posted on October 7, 2009

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33 Responses to “45 Benefits of Meditation”
  1. David Damron says:

    Meditating is so basic and easy yet has this connotation that you have to be some wise Buddha man in the mountains to do it. I meditate daily and the benefits are just as you say. What people need to realize is that sitting in a quiet place, closing your eyes, and relaxing (not sleeping) can be done anywhere.

    Good post Dayne

    Dave
    LifeExcursion & The Minimalist Path

    • You are very right Dave. Not only that, but some people associate meditation with Buddhism or some “freak” religion, etc. etc. The thing is, meditation is just meditation. You can be of any race, religion, sex, or age and it doesn’t matter. I probably should have put that in the post. :)

      Thanks for bring that point up Dave, I appreciate it!
      Dayne

  2. Hi Dayne. I too have been reading up on the benefits of meditation. I just got Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book “Coming To Our Senses”. I’m a fan of his previous books too. I’m currently reading up on the benefits to attention that can be derived from meditation. Great list!
    .-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s last blog ..Peak-End Experiences Matter Most =-.

  3. I’ve started doing this as a result of Deeksha (or Oneness) over the past 6 weeks and have noticed amazing results. I’m ready to take it to a more personal level. Thanks for the great benefit list.

    • Hey Eli, it is amazing how meditation can be cumulative and create great results.

      What kind of things have you noticed in your life now that you are meditating on a regular basis? I’m sure the readers here would love to know.

      Thanks again!
      Dayne

  4. Tristan Lee says:

    Really nice article Dayne. I’ve never really looked too much into meditation, but your article gives a lot of insight to why we should all meditate. One of the biggest reasons that influenced me was to be able to clear up the mind on demand. I think this is useful to keeping us calm and at peace, when there’s much unnecessary chatter that goes on in the minds of our lives.
    .-= Tristan Lee´s last blog ..Important Reasons Why You Should Cut Your Time =-.

    • Yes Tristan, meditation is perfect for our “monkey minds” that we all have. When we calm it down a bit, happiness, contentment and clarity usually shine through.

      Why not start with doing 10 minutes a day?

      Thanks again for commenting!

      Dayne

  5. This is a great reminder Dayne. I let myself get out of the habit of meditation but it could be just what me and my girlfriend need. All great points.
    .-= Justin- AlittleBetter.net´s last blog ..What Makes a Great Leader? =-.

    • Hey Justin, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Give meditation a shot and see how not only both of you feel, but also how it might improve your relationship (not that it is bad in the first place).

      Thanks for commenting Justin!

      Dayne

  6. Any ideas on how a meditative state can be achieved when you have nerve damage constantly jolting you?
    .-= Pete | The Tango Notebook´s last blog ..Monthly Tango Contest – Win Free Tango Lessons! =-.

    • Yes, you simply become aware of it and allow it. As they say, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” It’s how we view it that matters. Even if we have chronic pain, we can still meditate. In fact, it has been proven to reduce overall pain levels in the body.

      So to answer your question Pete, yes it can still be achieved, you just have to do it, and obviously make yourself as comfortable as you can despite pain being there.

      I hope that make sense! :)

      Cheers,
      Dayne

  7. Wow, there are a LOT of benefits to meditating… So why am I not doing it?? I need to get on this ASAP!
    .-= Positively Present´s last blog ..jump in: the pool of positive thought =-.

  8. brianna says:

    So funny…I was just listening to Pema’s book “Don’t bite the hook” today at work trying to work through stuff, and I was thinking I need to start meditating.

    Between the article, the book today and the quote from Pema herself…I think I need to do some sitting. That’s a pretty big hint! Thanks Dayne, I’ve really been enjoying your blog, I’m happy to have found it!

    • Welcome Brianna and thanks for stopping by. I’m a HUGE Pema Chodron fan. I need to listen to that book as it is one I have not heard yet.

      Thanks again for your kind comments. I hope you enjoy meditating. :)

      Cheers,
      Dayne

  9. Hi Dayne, great post. I believe meditation is paramount in my ability to focus more. Thanks for reminding me of all the other benefits.
    .-= Steven Aitchison´s last blog ..How To Make Going To The Gym Interesting =-.

  10. These are great reasons to meditate!
    .-= Hayden Tompkins´s last blog ..A Call to Action =-.

  11. Kaushik says:

    Great reasons to meditate, and I would also say so many people have the wrong idea about meditation. It’s a simple thing, though in the beginning it may take a little practice. I no longer sit down and meditate. After a bit of practice, we can get into “effortless meditation” whenever…
    .-= Kaushik´s last blog ..Beyond Karma October 2009 Newsletter =-.

  12. Hi Dayne,

    I think this list is great. I want to give it a shout-out on my blog on Saturday so my readers have a chance to read it too. Thanks, Dayne.
    .-= Gordie Rogers – Lifestyle Design 4U´s last blog ..Why I Spit On Those People Who Say That You Don’t Need To Go To College. =-.

  13. Walter says:

    I’ve attempted meditation many times, but I have a problem in clearing my mind of any thoughts. I think I need a lot of practice. :-)

  14. alternaview says:

    I think it is easy to overlook the importance of meditation in your life. The reality is that the benefits you listed are so true and many of them are literally guaranteed. Why would we ever pass anything up in life that could provide us with such great benefits? Well, the number one reason is lack of time right…but we have to find a way to make the time. That is what I continually try to make sure I remember. I think we also have to allow meditation to exist in whatever way it exists for us. Don’t think you are doing it wrong, because you really can’t. We have to release our expectations that we are going to have “perfect” meditations because just sitting down and relaxing by yourself for 30 minutes is perfect in and of itself. Once we release the expectations for how we meditate, everything just seems to fall into place and we get more and more accustomed to it being a part of our lives. Once that happens, we then start questioning how we ever survived without it. We just have to commit to doing whatever we have to in order to make it a habit.
    .-= alternaview´s last blog ..Don’t get involved in the drama and increase your happiness =-.

  15. Josten says:

    this is definitely what i need to read before i head to bed. Meditation is a life changer for me ever since i first did it. This tips helped me learn even more about it’s power and the goodness that comes from it. Great post
    .-= Josten´s last blog ..3 simple ways to focus and stay focused =-.

  16. satish says:

    Meditation is the need of time for all the people who are in stress.

    It has helped me alot

  17. What a great sharing…!!!!! You have done a really nice job. Meditation is very useful for our brain. It will provide us calm mind. Increase our creativity, memory power. I am Yoga Teacher @ Ataia and I like meditation. I am doing it on a regular basis. Really enjoyed your valuable sharing.

  18. siddharama says:

    meditation is a great medshion in the world

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